When you are traveling you want peace of mind and that means you need to find a pet sitter that will take amazing care of your pets. A professional pet sitter will be bonded and insured, an expert in animal care, have an emergency plans in place and screen and train their sitters. So how do you find a pet sitter that is going to meet all of your expectations?
Ask around with friends and family and see who has used a Professional Pet Sitter. They will be able to provide first-hand knowledge of the experience and give you a referral. You can ask your wider friend base by posting on social media for referrals in your area.
Ask Veterinarians and Groomers
If you have a regular veterinarian, groomer, dog trainer, or any animal professional you are working with, ask them for a referral. Chances are they know the Professional Pet Sitters in town and can help you find a pet sitter that would be a good match specifically for your pets, since they already know them.
Search National Pet Sitting Groups
There are a few major pet sitting groups, the largest two being the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International. Not all pet sitters belong to these groups, but they can be a good place to find a pet sitter if you are not sure where to start.
Find a Pet Sitter on Nextdoor
Nextdoor is still a relatively new program, but in it you can talk to neighbors in your direct area. It is being used for all sorts of information exchange, including referrals for pet sitters. When you are asking around, be sure to indicate you are looking for a Professional Pet Sitter, not a neighbor’s kid. The advantage of Nextdoor is that many pet sitters only work in specific areas so if you live in an area with few pet sitters then Nextdoor can help you find a pet sitter that is willing and able to come to your neighborhood, since they already did for your neighbor.
Find a Pet Sitter on Google
It is nice to use a reference to find a pet sitter, but if you are struggling you can always go for the nice old-fashioned web search. When you do this you will find a lot of tech companies like Wag and Rover, so just scan past those to find a pet sitter that is local and a professional company.
Once you have gotten some referrals or found companies online, you have to pick a pet sitter. Not all pet sitters are created equal so make sure your sitter is bonded and insured, supervises and trains their sitters and has back up in case of an emergency. If you are in our area then learn more about our pet sitting services!